Thanks for spending some time looking at what Evenhood has to offer you. I love helping individuals, workplaces, universities and schools to improve the support they give or get for wellbeing & resilience.
When I went thorough a mental wellbeing challenge of my own, following a child bereavement, I had the same sort of experience that many others do. I know what it's like to hide a mental health condition for fear of stigma. And I know what it's like to then try getting help by talking about having a mental health condition, how it impacts me, the symptoms, the need for medication and so on.
This didn't work for me. It doesn't work for many others too. Talking about conditions, symptoms and meds is complex, emotional and it's so medicalised that it's outside the expertise of most people. It often results in the sort of stigma that comes when people think you're not normal, when actually you're just ill.
I was determined to find a better way.
That better way involves having mentally healthy conversations that focus on the situations we experience in our daily lives.
With that small shift in focus; all of a sudden we are now experts in wellbeing. When we focus conversations on the situations that we find challenging, we can help each other avoid those challenging situations, or limit our experience of them. When we focus conversations on the environments that we find supportive, we can help each other strengthen our resilience by creating these positive environments. When we focus conversations on our skills, talents & abilities, we can help people play to their strengths so that they can feel positive and purposeful.
We can all do that. So, we can all be experts in wellbeing & resilience - leaders, managers, colleagues, tutors, teachers, students, pupils, friends and partners.
I also found that when we have those conversations with a sense of evenhood, our ability to give and get support for wellbeing is dramatically improved.
Evenhood isn't just the name of an organisation. It's a way of living and interacting with the people around us.
Evenhood celebrates togetherness in the same way as we celebrate the togetherness of brotherhood, sisterhood and neighbourhood. In the case of evenhood the thing that we can celebrate together is that we are all even, we are all equal - we all have evenhood.
When we live in evenhood, we care for each other as equals; we offer support; we listen with a non-judgemental ear and we encourage others to be themselves. Living in evenhood is the first step towards supporting wellbeing & resilience in others.
Evenhood means that we can all be ourselves and we can support each other to be ourselves; without judgement, without accusation, without a sense of superiority or inferiority. With evenhood you instantly gain a respect, admiration and love for all other people around you.
I've made this website accessible and free - there are free articles to read, free tools to download and use to help you discover the situations that most impact or support your wellbeing, and there are free Evenhood Cards to personalise and share to help kick-start a mentally healthy conversation.
Through Evenhood I also give motivational talks, resilience training or one-to-one wellbeing coaching. If you'd like to make a booking, get in touch through the enquiry page.
You can explore more by having a read of the Evenhood 2020 Prospectus below.
I wish you all the v best